From the moment she stepped inside of the cage it’s hard not see that Gina Carano would be a star. After reigning supreme in women's mixed martial arts for a nice stretch she has made a comfortable move into hollywood with all the tools to excel. Forget Ronda Rousey it all starts here with Gina and continues in her latest foray, In The Blood. While Carano delivers an explosive performance the film itself has many unexpected bright moments, but like so many films do these days it got a little too off based and sporadic.
The film follows Ava (Carano) and her new husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) who are newlyweds headed for a romantic honeymoon like no other. Derek’s wealthy father Robert (Treat Williams) does not approve of the marriage because Ava is an orphan and has no true friends or family. The opening segments gives us all we need to know of the dynamic of the characters and once the montages of Ava and her father begin we understand how much of a badass she is. In Sharni Vinson You’re Next fashion she was raised as a survivalist and pretty much tortured as a kid. Once they arrive to their honeymoon after a near fatal accident, Derek disappears and Ava is stuck looking for him in a land she does not understand with her being listed as the number one suspect.
It’s hard for Carano not to succeed in this movie. The fighting scenes were set up perfect and I enjoyed the fact that they made her human enough to gain some sort of ass whipping as well. In action films the believability of what you see can sometime be called into question. That really was not the case with In The Blood except when it comes to the finale and we find out what’s really going on. Still Carano excels in the film and brings a sympathy to her character during her times of need that provided a great balance to her ferocious nature in battle. It is rumored that Carano will be in the female version of the Expendables, and even though she will be teamed up with other female action stars outside of Zoe Bell, and Vinson no one else will come near her effort.
One of the main traits that pushes In The Blood over the edge is it’s key villain Silvio played by Amaury Nolasco. He along with the other vets in the film (Danny Trejo, Luis Guzmán) helped provide a landscape for Carano to flourish in and was a good set up by the casting. Nolasco is a riot in this film and provides a humorous tone that keep the film fresh and entertaining. The real only down fall is the elongated scene when he is searching for Carano in a small village that he has control over. The scene reminded me of the “king kong ain't got shit on me” moment from Training Day but was not as impactful because it was too prolonged.
While Gina is being attached to the rumors of returning to the octagon to finally make her UFC debut, she should not abandon her film career. Personally, as a fan of both movies and mixed martial arts you would think I would push for both but such is not the case. The time is now for Carano to do what so many men have done in action films of the 80’s and 90’s and that is to become iconic. She has the look, skills and prowess to achieve such a feat and hopefully will continue to capitalize on it. In The Blood is an action film for action fans and is one not to miss now that it is on DVD. While the ending result of what was at stake may be a little far fetched and frankly silly; it should not deter you from picking this up. These days we are saying #YesAllWomen and we should be saying yes to In The Blood!
In The Blood is now available on DVD combo pack and Blu-ray. It is directed by John Stockwell and stars Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Treat Williams, Luis Guzmán and Amaury Nolasco. It is being distributed courtesy of Anchor Bay Films.